UPDATE: Hayes murder investigation (September 24, 2012)
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office investigators have begun the lengthy process of pulling together massive amounts of information from the case and have the following available for release at this time.
Detectives have confirmed that Erik John Meiser is the sole suspect in the murder of Fredrick Hayes. There are no other suspects.
Meiser was reportedly aware at some point last week that he was the suspect in the case. He intentionally changed his appearance and fled the area to avoid detection and arrest.
Sheriff’s Office investigators are working with law-enforcement agencies to determine if Meiser is responsible for other crimes in the region. We are communicating with law enforcement officials in Ogden, Utah about pertinent details of the two criminal cases.
Sheriff’s Office investigators are working closely with the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office in preparation for Grand Jury, at a time to be determined. Please refer any court/criminal charge related questions to the District Attorney’s Office.
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-27845
UPDATE (Sept. 22, 2012, 8:11 p.m.): ERIK JOHN MEISER BOOKED INTO CLACKAMAS COUNTY JAIL
He is being held without bail, and will go before a judge early next week.
EARLIER (Saturday, Sept. 22, 4:15 p.m.):
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is very pleased to announce that just after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and Sheriff's Office detectives arrested ERIK JOHN MEISER, age 37 -- the suspect in the Sept. 17 murder of Fredrick "Fritz" Hayes.
Meiser was taken into custody at gunpoint without incident in front of the Super 8 Motel at 407 2nd Street in Corvallis.
The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force had deployed resources to follow potential leads in Washington, Oregon and California -- and a team of detectives and law-enforcement personnel from multiple agencies were working round-the-clock on the suspect hunt. Soon, the Marshals developed information that Meiser was in Corvallis. A team of Deputy Marshals and Sheriff's Office detectives spotted Meiser on the sidewalk outside the Super 8 Motel, and took him into custody at gunpoint. No one was injured during the arrest.
Meiser is in Sheriff's Office custody. He is expected to be booked into the Clackamas County Jail later today.
The victim's wife, Maggie Hayes, and her family have been notified of the arrest.
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts wants to thank our partners in the murder investigation: the Lake Oswego Police Department, the Oregon State Police, the FBI, the Portland Police Bureau, and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office. The Sheriff also wants to offer special thanks to U.S. Marshal Burger for the exemplary service of the Fugitive Task Force.
Sheriff Roberts also wants to thank our community partners who helped heighten public awareness of the investigation: the Lake Oswego School District, Clear Channel Outdoor, the news media, and members of the public who helped spread the word about suspect Erik John Meiser using social media and other channels.
A booking photo will be made available as soon as possible.
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Sgt. Adam Phillips
Public Information Officer
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office